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City (pop., 2001: 19,058), capital of Yukon Territory, Canada. Located on the Yukon River, it was founded during the Klondike gold rush (1897–98) as a staging and distribution centre. Robert Service got much of his inspiration for his ballads while working there. The territorial capital since 1952, it is an important transportation centre on the Alaska Highway, as well as an outfitting base for anglers and hunters.
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